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The Daily Vertical: From Minsk to Munich -- Here We Go Again

The Daily Vertical: From Minsk to Munich -- Here We Go Again

February 12, 2016
The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. More
February 2016

Video Kazakh Filmmakers Launch YouTube Channel

A group of independent Kazakh filmmakers and activists have launched their own YouTube channel to showcase their work. Partyzan TV launched in the city of Almaty on February 11 with the uploading of the internationally-renowned film, The Owners. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Afghanistan Puts New Aircraft On Display In Kabul Airshow

Kabul's airport hosted Afghanistan's military airshow on February 11. President Ashraf Ghani joined high-ranking U.S. officers and other defense officials at the event which showcased the country's new light attack aircraft, the A-29 (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan).

Video Building Roads Kazakh Style

This Kazakh town’s road is all signs and no asphalt.

Video Ghost Town All That Remains Of Kyrgyz Hydroelectric Project

The settlement built for construction workers on a hydroelectric project in Kyrgyzstan is now a ghost town. The workers departed soon after the project was abandoned last month. But the locals are hoping the Russians will soon be back. (Zhibek Byegaliyevoy for RFE/RL's Current Time).

Video Belgrade Bus Shelter Is Home For Migrants Stuck In Serbia

For these people seeking a new life in the European Union, this Belgrade bus shelter is home, for now at least. Classified as economic migrants, these men from countries in Africa and Asia have been stranded for months in Serbia, the last stop before the border of the EU. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video The Daily Vertical: It's More Than Just Cake

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Afghan Children Reveal 'Heartbreak' Of Human Trafficking

Each year dozens of children in Afghanistan are sold into slavery or even worse fates. Their families, usually very poor, hand them over to smugglers in exchange for the promise of cash.

Video Moscow Destroys Kiosks In Beautification Blitz

The city of Moscow demolished dozens of trading stalls, kiosks, and cafes in a blitz of bulldozers on February 9. A city lawmaker estimated that the demolitions could cause 15,000 people to lose their jobs.

Video Georgian NGO Calls For Preservation Of Mosques, Synagogues

A Georgian NGO, Human Rights Center, has asked for government support for the preservation of places of worship of minority groups in the country's south, where a Muslim community and a tiny Jewish minority live. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)

Video Troops Roll Through Crimea As Russia Holds Military Drills

Tanks and army trucks were lined up on the highways of Simferopol on the Crimean Peninsula on February 9, a day after the start of large-scale Russian military exercises in the region. (RFE/RL's Crimean unit)

Video Moscow Destroys About 100 Businesses in Beautification Blitz

The city of Moscow demolished dozens of trading stalls, kiosks, and cafes in a blitz of bulldozers on February 9. Heavy equipment began tearing down about 100 buildings, which Moscow city authorities had deemed illegal.

Video Afghan Policewomen On Patrol

Afghanistan's government is making an active effort to train female police officers, creating a more balanced force that can better serve Afghan women. What is life on the force like for these female recruits? (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Pakistani Doctors' Strike Leads To New Form Of Outpatient Care

A doctors' strike in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar brought hospitals to a near standstill. Doctors still were seeing patients who needed treatment -- but in tents outside the city's main hospital. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Kuchi Nomads: Struggling, Stateless In War-Torn Lands

As the seasons change, hundreds of thousands of nomads move with their families and livestock back and forth across Afghanistan's border with Pakistan. In an area already ravaged by war and poverty, the Kuchis are living the kind of hard life that much of the world has long forgotten.

Video Czechs Clean Up After Protests End With Firebombing

In the Czech capital, Prague, volunteers cleaned up the day after the firebombing of a building where clothes and other help for refugees are gathered. The attack, by a group of around 20 masked men, followed a day of protests by far-right groups against Muslims and immigration.

Video Flour Power: Outpouring Of Support For Pakistan's Aging Hercules

There’s been an outpouring of sympathy for Ghani Baba, the man who carries 100 kilograms of flour 1 kilometer on his back every day in Peshawar, Pakistan. What’s being done to help Ghani Baba?

Video London's Oligarch Bus Tour

Forget Buckingham Palace and Big Ben -- London's newest bus tour shows visitors the palatial homes of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs.

Video Siberian Town Dismayed By Maternity Ward's Closure

Residents of Bograd, a small town in southeastern Siberia, have lost their fight to save the local maternity ward, declared "unprofitable" by health authorities. Pregnant women from Bograd and surrounding villages will now have to travel up to 150 kilometers to give birth.

Video Kyiv Protesters Call On Dutch To Reject Russian Propaganda

Ukrainian activists protested in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kyiv with banners warning: "Don't listen to Russian propaganda." The protesters displayed a famous self-portrait of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh with one bandaged ear, repurposing the image.

Video Aging Breadwinner Hauls More Than His Weight In Flour

Syed Abdul Ghani treks a kilometer every day with 100 kilograms of flour on his back. He earns just 300 Pakistani rupees ($3) from selling the flour to a bakery in his native Peshawar. He's been making the trip every day for the past 25 years in order to provide for his family.

Video Pre-Islamic Afghan Artifacts Go On Display In Prague

From the Silk Road to the center of Europe: Ancient works from Afghanistan's pre-Islamic past have gone on display in the Czech capital, Prague. A major archaeological dig near Kabul uncovered a significant trove of artifacts, and they are helping Europeans understand more of Afghanistan's past.

Video Animals Left Behind In Armenia

In an abandoned zoo in Gyumri, Armenia, forgotten animals wallow in despair. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)

Video Kyrgyz Horsemen Go For The Goat

Across Central Asia, horsemen compete in a rugged game in which they grapple over a goat's carcass and try to drag it toward a goal. In Kyrgyzstan, the sport is known as kok-boru, and it's enjoying a nationwide revival. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Lithuania's Power Play Challenges Russia's Energy Dominance In Baltics

Lithuania is no longer at the mercy of Moscow, thanks to a liquefied natural gas terminal it has developed.

Video Vox Pop: Are You Interested In Putin's Family?

Rarely do Russians see or hear very much about Vladimir Putin's family life. Once in a while there will be revelations -- about his alleged great wealth, the activities of his children, and even his romantic life.

Video Minister Says No Accreditation For RT In Tajikistan

Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov has said reporters from Kremlin-funded media outlet RT, formerly known as Russia Today, have not been given permission to operate in his country. RT has been trying to open a bureau in Dushanbe since 2014.

Video Activist Urges EU To Keep Political Pressure On Belarus

Belarusian human rights activist Ales Byalyatski has called on the European Union to maintain political pressure on Belarus's authoritarian regime.

Video As Ukraine Conflict Simmers, Kids Are Stuck At Home

In the Ukrainian village of Zaytseve, 11-year-old Edik has to cross military checkpoints and enter separatist territory just to go to school. It's a dangerous trip, so Edik and other schoolchildren have stopped going to class, and instead do their schoolwork at home.

Video License-Plate Privileges Chopped For Top Kyrgyz Officials

Kyrgyz authorities began destroying license plates designated for members of parliament and other high-ranking government officials. Parliament decided to revoke special license plates for top officials because of cases of drivers abusing their privileges and violating traffic rules.

Video Pakistani Doctors, Nurses Strike In Peshawar

Health-care workers in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar went on a one-day strike, bringing chaos for many patients at local hospitals. Doctors, paramedics and nurses agreed to strike after the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced reforms to the health-care system.

Video Pakistan Airline Workers Continue Strike After Deadly Clash

Pakistan International Airlines canceled all domestic and international flights, as the national carrier’s employees continued their strike for a second day. Workers held a sit-in protest against the government's planned privatization of the airline. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Tajikistan Demands Genetic Tests For Couples Planning To Wed

In Tajikistan, medical professionals warn that marriages between close relatives are a common cause of birth defects. To reduce future cases of congenital disabilities, Tajik lawmakers have approved a new requirement for couples planning to marry -- a genetic test.

Video Moldova's Potty Protester

Anatol Matasaru is a civil rights activist who was charged with hooliganism for an unconventional protest outside of Moldova’s National Anticorruption Center.

Video Protesting Pakistan Airline Employees Killed In Karachi

At least two workers of Pakistan International Airlines were killed and several others wounded after security forces allegedly opened fire on protesting employees of the national carrier at Karachi airport. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Corker: Assad Strengthened By Russia Going In To Peace Talks

U.S. Senator Bob Corker has voiced concern over the prospects for a Syria peace deal emerging from talks in Geneva. Speaking to Voice of America's Michael Bowman, he said hopes for peace were complicated by the fact that President Bashar al-Assad had been strengthened by Russia's intervention.

Video Corker: Lack Of International Resolve On Iran

U.S. Senator Bob Corker has said there is a lack of international resolve to ensure Iran sticks to the deal on its nuclear program. Speaking to Voice of America's Michael Bowman, he said Iran had violated UN resolutions relating to ballistic missile testing but there had been no "pushback."

Video Corker: Revelations Of Putin's Wealth Are Destabilizing

U.S. Senator Bob Corker has said that revelations of Russian President Vladimir Putin's huge personal wealth are destabilizing for Russia. Speaking to Voice of America's Michael Bowman, he said increasing numbers of Russians understood that Putin had amassed this wealth while in office.

Video Afghan Boy Comes To Kabul, Amid Hopes Of Meeting Messi

Afghan football authorities are trying to arrange a meeting between a 5-year-old boy and Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi, after photos of the boy in a homemade Messi shirt went viral. He spoke exclusively to RFE/RL during a visit to the Afghan national stadium in Kabul.

Video Russian Grand Master Promotes Chess In Serbian Village

Former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov took on some local enthusiasts in the southeastern Serbian village of Merosina, as part of a visit as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. First, a quick game in the village square... (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Civilians Killed In Blast Near Kabul Police Station

Afghan security forces cordoned off an area near a police station after a suspected suicide bombing in Kabul. At least nine people were killed and many others were wounded. (RFE/RL's Radio Azadi)

Video 'You Protect Us All, Like Baby Birds': Kazakhstan Goes All North Korea

At last week's congress of Kazakhstan's ruling party, long-time President Nursultan Nazarbaev received praise so effusive, it was reminiscent of accolades accorded to the leader of North Korea. Here's a sampling of the tributes put together by RFE/RL's Kazakh Service.

January 2016

Video The Little Afghan Boy And His Homemade Messi Jersey

A little boy sparked an international media hunt after a picture of him wearing a Lionel Messi jersey made out of a plastic bag went viral. We tracked down 5-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi to his home in eastern Afghanistan and paid him a visit.

Video Portraits Unveiled Of Ukrainians Detained By Russia

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has opened an exhibition featuring portraits of people who Kyiv says have been illegally detained by Russia, such as filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and pilot Nadia Savchenko. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Kosovar Serbs Protest War Crimes Conviction

Police in Kosovska Mitrovica said around 500 people took part in a demonstration after an international court found a prominent Kosovo Serb politician guilty of war crimes charges. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Drone Footage Caps Week Of Iranian Military Displays

Iran has spent the week showing various forms of the country's military capabilities. On January 29, Iran's state television and the Tasnim News Agency published footage which purportedly shows an Iranian naval drone tracking a U.S. aircraft carrier, after three days of major naval exercises.

Video Fukuyama Says Greater Regulation Of Capital Markets Is Necessary

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama says liberal democracies have had to restore greater regulation of capital markets.

Video Fukuyama Predicts IS Will Fail To Establish A Viable State

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama predicts the Islamic State (IS) extremist group will fail to establish a viable state.

Video Fukuyama Says Putin's Economic Model Is 'Falling Apart'

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama says the energy-dependent economic model established by Russian President Vladimir Putin is 'falling apart'.

Video Propaganda 'Scares The Kids' In Russian Schools

Schoolchildren in Russia's Ural region are being fed propaganda in their classrooms. The lessons include a discredited tale about gruesome atrocities carried out by the Ukrainian Army.

Video Anti-Obama Sign On Display Near U.S. Embassy In Moscow

A pro-Kremlin art group called Glavplakat this week hung a huge banner of Barack Obama opposite the U.S. Embassy in Moscow with the slogan "Killer" -- a protest against U.S. military involvement in Syria.

Video Mutton To See Here

Just a wild sheep playing soccer. (And he saved the life of his female goat friend, too.) (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Montenegro's Prime Minister Survives Confidence Vote Over NATO Membership Offer

Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has survived a confidence vote over his country's invitation to join NATO. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Teacher Defies Threats To Bring Education To Pakistan's Poorest Kids

She is a teacher bringing education to some of Pakistan's most vulnerable children. Thousands of kids live in the slums of the country's capital, Islamabad, without any access to education. But one woman, Chand Bibi, is on a courageous mission to change that. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Serbian Photographers Protest Copyright Changes

Serbian photojournalists destroyed their own prints in protest against government proposals to remove copyright protection from their work. Critics say it's an attack on media freedom. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Star Of Pakistani Cricket Visits Peshawar Army School

Shahid Afridi, the captain of Pakistan's Twenty20 cricket team, visited the school where 144 people were killed in a Taliban attack in 2014. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Armenian Activist Loses Appeal, Remains In Detention

Supporters of Armenian opposition activist Gevorg Safarian protested in Yerevan after an appeals court ruled he must remain in pretrial detention for two months. He was arrested with four others on New Year's Eve as they tried to place a Christmas tree in Yerevan's Liberty Square. (RFE/RL's Armenian

Video An Unusual Friendship Amid The Conflict In Ukraine

Isolated and without water or gas, 80-year-old Antonina Prokofyevna has found an unusual companion to stave off loneliness amid the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Video Protester Disrupts Graffiti Artists' Trial In Minsk

A protest erupted in a courtroom in Minsk, as three graffiti artists went on trial for painting political slogans on buildings. A supporter in the court shouted “No to political repression", "Art is not a crime”, and "This is not a trial, but a circus!" (RFE/RL's Belarus Service)

Video Afghan 'Dancing Boys' Tell Of Rape, Abuse

In Afghanistan, impoverished boys are being forced into a life of abuse as a result of bacha bazi -- dancing boys -- an old practice that sees wealthy or powerful men exploit underage boys as sexual partners.

Video Pakistan's Bara Shopkeepers Try To Rebuild And Reopen

Market traders are starting to repair their damaged shops in Bara, Pakistan, seven years after many were destroyed in clashes with Islamic militants. Government officials said that the Bara Bazaar near Peshawar can reopen on February 1. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Ramzan Kadyrov: Russia's Pride Or Shame?

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has made a number of threatening statements against liberal politicians, activists, and journalists in Russia. RFE/RL's Russian Service reporter Svyatoslav Leontev asked Muscovites what they think of Kadyrov.

Video Pakistan University Reopens After Deadly Attacks

Heavy security surrounded the reopening of Pakistan's Bacha Khan University, nearly a week after a deadly attack there by militants. The campus in the northwestern district of Charsadda, near Peshawar, was closed after 21 students and staff were killed on January 20. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video A New Way To Stand Trial?

Police carried Vardges Gaspari to a court house in Yerevan to face trial for insulting a police officer. Gaspari is a veteran activist who regularly lies down to protest against government policy, or in this case, the criminal justice system. (RFE/RL's Armenia Service)

Video The Dangers Of Kadyrov's Threats

When called upon, a huge number of people turned up in Grozny on January 22 to show their support for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. The demonstration came after Kadyrov and his allies made a string of hostile statements against liberal politicians, activists, and journalists in Russia that were met

Video Refugees, Health Workers Battle Winter In Serbia

Difficult conditions are getting even worse at the refugee reception center in the southern Serbian town of Presevo due to the onset of cold winter weather.(RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Ismayilova Accepts Amal Clooney As Lawyer

Imprisoned RFE/RL contributor Khadija Islayilova has accepted prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney as her legal representative. In a statement she praised Clooney's "courage" in the case of a jailed Egyptian journalist in 2014.

Video Putin 'Probably Approved' Litvinenko Assassination

A British public inquiry has concluded President Vladimir Putin “probably” approved the poisoning death of Kremlin critic Aleksandr Litvinenko in 2006.

Video Afghan Models Make Bold Fashion Statement

A decade-and-a-half after the end of Taliban rule, women in Afghanistan still face pressure to dress conservatively in their Muslim-dominated society. And that makes holding a fashion show with female models a risky endeavor.

Video Campaigner Battles On 'Nemtsov's' Bridge

Olga Lyekhtona wages a tireless campaign to maintain a makeshift shrine on the bridge in central Moscow where opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed in February 2015. City authorities have rejected plans for an official monument on the spot.

Video A Morning Of Devastation At Pakistani University

Militants launched an assault on a university campus in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 20 people, including students and staff. The aftermath inside the school showed the extent of the extent of the attack's devastation. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal and VOA)

Video Amal Clooney Says She's Representing Ismayilova

Imprisoned RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova is considering an offer of legal representation by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. The wife of Hollywood star George Clooney previously has taken on prominent cases in Egypt, Armenia and the Maldives.

Video Two Witnesses Speak About Pakistan University Attack

A student caught up in the carnage, and an emergency rescue worker aiding the victims, spoke to RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal about the attacks on the Bacha Khan University in Northwestern Pakistan on January 20. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Kazakh 'Gray Mass' Protests Bank Loan Policies

Mortgage holders held a protest outside of major banks in the Kazakh city of Almaty. They called for a recalculation of their loans, amid the recent economic crisis. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Afghan Woman's Husband Cuts Off Her Nose

Human rights campaigners in Afghanistan are demanding justice for 20-year-old Reza Gul. After her husband beat her, he cut off her nose. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Kyrgyz Cop Turns Filmmaker In Fight With IS

A Kyrgyz police officer has produced a video, which he is showing to teenagers in schools, as part of efforts to fight recruitment by Islamic State militants. Colonel Zhanibek Isayev mined the internet for shocking images from Syria, which sometimes move the children to tears.

Video New Double-Decker Bridge Opens In Pakistani City

The two-level Bab-e-Peshawar (Door To Peshawar) Bridge opened on January 18 in northwestern Pakistan. It cost 1.7 billion Pakistani rupees ($16 million) to build and was completed in record time. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Talks Begin On Peace Road Map With The Taliban

Four-nation talks aimed at establishing a peace process with the Taliban in Afghanistan have begun, with the Afghan and Pakistani foreign ministers, along with diplomats and military officials from the United States and China, meeting in Kabul. (Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Security Forces Move Against Protesters in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan deployed security forces in the northeastern district of Quba on January 15, amid national unrest over worsening economic conditions. Camera phone video shows security forces moving against the protesters. (RFE/RL's Radio Azerbaijani Service/UGC video)

Video Ukrainian Revolution Film Bids For Oscar Glory

Winter on Fire, a documentary about Ukraine's 2013-14 upheaval that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, has been nominated for this year's Oscars. The film tells the story of the "Maidan" protests through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy and other participants.

Video Illegal Coal Miners In Kyrgyzstan

Southern Kyrgyzstan is dotted with small coal mines that operate without official permission or regulation. These illegal mines pay their workers an above-average wage -- at the cost of risking life and limb. (Jibek Begalieva, RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Arts And Crafts On Show In Pakistan's Peshawar

Artisans showed off their works in the Pakistani northwestern city of Peshawar. The three-day cultural and handicrafts exhibition included a live demonstration of pottery making. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Kyrgyzstan Court Rules MPs Should Keep Their Seats

A district court in Bishkek ruled that a decision by Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission to strip two members of parliament of their mandates was illegal. Elmira Jumalieva and Cholpon Esenamanova's mandates were canceled by the commission on January 11. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyzstan Service)

Video New Year In Bukovyna

An eclectic array of fancy dress costumes and masks were on display, as Ukrainians celebrated New Year according to the Julian calendar in the Bukovyna region, bordering Romania. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Ukrainian Refugees Forced To Leave Russia

Some Ukrainian refugees will have to leave Russia by February 1, under new rules imposed last autumn. It's not clear how many people need to pack their bags.

Video 'People Are Asking For Jobs And Bread:' Azerbaijanis React To Protests Following Currency Collapse

People on the streets of Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, have reacted to nationwide protests which erupted following the collapse of the country's currency, the manat.

Video Pakistan Students Gear Up For Eco Marathon

Students from around the world are preparing to compete in the Shell Eco Marathon, the energy company's annual fuel efficiency contest. For those from Pakistan's Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, it's a long road to their competition in Manila. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video What's Happened Since Russia Banned U.S. Adoptions?

U.S. citizens adopted tens of thousands of children from Russian orphanages after the Soviet collapse. But in 2012, Moscow banned Americans from adopting Russian kids with a law passed in retaliation for economic sanctions. What impact has the ban had on children in need of homes?

Video Plague Of Potholes In Pakistani City Targeted By Unorthodox Campaign

A local politician in Karachi has launched an unorthodox campaign to rid the Pakistani city from a plague of potholes. Alamgir Khan has taken to spray-painting the image of the provincial leader's face on the city's treacherous roads, demanding that the government fix them. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video  Moldovans Protest, President Refuses To Appoint Oligarch As Prime Minister

Protesters for and against the naming of controversial businessman Vlad Plahotniuc as the next prime minister faced off in the capital Chisinau. Later in the day President Nicolae Timofti refused to name Plahotnuic, saying he did not meet his criteria for integrity. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Protests Break Out Across Azerbaijan

Security forces moved in to deal with protests across Azerbaijan, following the collapse of the country's currency, the manat -- which has lost 40 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar in recent days. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

Video Moldovans Protest As Oligarch Expected To Be Next Prime Minister

Protesters for and against the naming of controversial oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc as the next prime minister of Moldova faced off in the capital Chisinau. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Ten Killed In Attack On Government Guest House In Afghanistan

Seven members of Afghan national security forces were killed along with three Islamic militants in an attack on a government guest house in the eastern city of Jalalabad. (RFE/RL Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Polio Vaccination Center Bombed In Pakistan

At least 14 people were killed in a blast that appeared to target police outside a polio vaccination center in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta. Officials at the scene said that 13 of the dead were police officers. Taliban militants claimed responsibility. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Hundreds More Cross Greek-Macedonian Border

The flow of migrants across the Balkans continued, with around a thousand people crossing from Greece to Macedonia on January 12. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Power Cut As Blizzard Hits Belarus

Blizzards and high winds caused power cuts and traffic jams in Belarus, with the heaviest snowfall reported in the capital, Minsk. (RFE/RL's Belarus Service)

Video Ukrainian Miners Block Road

Miners blocked a main road in western Ukraine in protest at unpaid salaries. The men said they were owed money from the November and December pay packets. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Putin Is Optimistic, But Some Muscovites Worry About The Economy

In an interview with the German magazine Bild, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in spite of falling oil prices and Western sanctions, the Russian economy is showing signs of improvement. But some Moscow residents say they have yet to see any positive change. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Landsbergis: Russia Always Beats Those Who Don't Mind Losing

The Soviet crackdown following Lithuania's declaration of independence culminated on January 13, 1991. Lithuanian leader Vytautas Landsbergis discussed the historical turning point and new regional threats in our special interview series with 12 post-Soviet leaders, "Russia & Me."

Video They Can’t Bear To Be Apart

Altai, a Russian bear, just met Gul, a Tajik bear, at a zoo in the Czech Republic. Now the duo can’t be apart.

Video Pakistani Students Gear Up For Fuel Marathon

This year, Pakistan will enter a global contest for building fuel efficient cars. For students from a northwest institute, there is still a long road ahead to overtake the favorites. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video A Night At The Opera, In a Bishkek Supermarket

A typical evening's shopping at Bishkek's Frunze supermarket in early December suddenly turned into a cultural event with the appearance of an opera flash mob. People who seemed to be average shoppers and store employees suddenly burst into song, regaling store patrons with a piece from Verdi's oper

Video Kids At Home Amid War In Eastern Ukraine

The village of Zaytseve, near Horlivka in eastern Ukraine, is split down the middle by checkpoints and armed forces. Some children are separated from their school by the front lines, so they study and play at home, confined by the conditions of war.

Video Transvestite Beaten By Uzbek Police

A shocking video which appears to show plainclothes policemen beating up a transvestite has gone viral in Uzbekistan. But the public response has only highlighted homophobic attitudes in Uzbek society. (UGC)

Video Orthodox Christmas Brings Wide Range Of Celebrations

Orthodox Christians enjoyed Christmas celebrations around the world on January 6. From Bosnia to Tatarstan, they marked the holiday in different and colorful ways. (RFE/RL Balkan, Gerogian and Tatar-Bashkir Services)

Video Uzbek Video Shows Transvestite Beaten

A video that apparently shows plainclothes policemen beating up a transvestite has gone viral in Uzbekistan. But the response to the video points to widespread intolerance in Uzbek society: instead of outrage, most comments on the video are in support of the violence.

Video Former Afghan Government Workers Demand Jobs Back

Hundreds of former government employees marched on the Afghan parliament in Kabul to demand their jobs back. They were laid off when the country's electronic voter ID card scheme was suspended. (RFE/RL'S Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Serbian PM Vucic: 'Our Path Is The European Path'

In an interview with RFE/RL's Balkan Service in Belgrade, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia is working to maintain good relations with Russia while it moves toward its goal of European integration.

Video Serbian PM Vucic: Dialogue With Kosovo Must Go Forward

In an interview with RFE/RL's Balkan Service in Belgrade, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic discussed the normalization of relations with Kosovo, saying that Serbia is bracing itself for crucial but difficult talks.

Video Plan To Demolish Historic Uzbek Minaret Canceled

A controversial plan to demolish a historic minaret in the Uzbek city of Andijon has been canceled.

Video The Kyrgyz Cop Called 'Spiderman'

A video of Bakitbek Sakiev hanging on to the hood of a speeding car earned him the nickname Spiderman. But this Kyrgyz policeman is known for more than his death-defying stunts. He's also regarded as an incorruptible officer in a country where police corruption is widespread.

Video Snow, Smog Choke Streets Of Sarajevo

A winter snowfall hampered residents of Sarajevo going about their business, and a lingering smog had many gasping for air. Fog mixed with pollution hit the Bosnian capital again on January 5, forcing many people back indoors. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Police Arrest Activists Placing Christmas Tree in Yerevan

Video released by activists in Armenia show police forcefully stopping them from placing a Christmas tree on Yerevan's Liberty Square on New Year's Eve. One of the activists of the New Armenia Public Salvation Front, Gevorg Safaryan, was charged with resisting arrest.

Video Pakistani Shi'ite Groups Protest Saudi Cleric Execution

Shi'ite groups in Pakistan added their voices to protests around the world against Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Hundreds of protesters gathered in Karachi and chanted death to the Saudi royal family. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Smell Like Putin: Russian President Inspires New Perfume

Putin In A Bottle: Russian President inspires a new fragrance.

Video Troops Battle Attackers Near Indian Consulate In Afghan City

Afghan troops and Indian security forces fought gunmen near the Indian Consulate in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif. At least two militants barricaded themselves inside a residential building near the consulate on January 4, a day after the fighting began. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)



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